Title: Necessary Medicine
Author: M.K. York
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 4/24/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Coming Out, M/M Bisexual
Page Count: 251
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
With intelligence and humor, debut male/male author M.K. York delivers an emotionally charged slow-burn romance set in a prestigious Bay Area teaching hospital.
In the high-intensity world of hospital residency programs, there’s no room for romance. So it’s a good thing for first-year surgical resident Neil Carmona that his crush on the gorgeous cardiologist Eli Newcombe is sheer fantasy. Not only is the sexy doctor Neil’s superior, he’s also recently divorced.
As Neil’s skill as a surgeon grows, so does his friendship with Eli, and his silent, hopeless longing for more. It isn’t until Neil’s final year that Eli at last admits his own deepest desires. But Neil’s joy is short-lived: Eli has no intention of pursuing a relationship. Their positions in the hospital would make it unethical, even if he was emotionally ready for someone new.
Wounded and furious, Neil is determined to forget about Eli once and for all. But when a near-tragedy strikes, a new question arises: Is a life without love—without Neil—a greater risk than laying his heart on the line?
(¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤Inside the intricacies of medicine and romance.¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★
Unless you have a medical background or have interest in medicine, then pull out some books or grapple with the internet cus this one is definitely medically based. Almost always I gravitate toward medical books…I am in the field, so it interests me in how others view it. The author is a part of the profession, and so has written what is known.
I liked the premise of the book; medical student highly attracted to a superior, but ethics keeps them apart. Happens more often than you think in hospitals (yeah, TV romanticize and goes overboard, A LOT!)
I went into this book knowing it was slow burn, but Oh. My. Gawd!!! This was sheer torture, and yet, on I read, because I was invested and I needed to see the angle the author (new to me and the world) would spin.
And as frustrated as I was at times, I really enjoyed this book. The setting mainly took us back to the hospital of practicing cardiologist Eli Newcombe, who you can tell from the first chapter was grappling with his affections for future surgical doctor Neil Carmona.
As told from Neil POV until the last chapter, we see the former English Lit major as he journeyed through medical school and five long torturous years of training to one day become the doctor in the field he had chosen.
We were introduced to a cast of characters who kept the book interesting and helped shaped both men’s lives. It was good to see camaraderie between each person and how they filtered through life and friendship, sometimes skirting on the outside, other times in the heart of the matter, helping and developing.
Eli and Neil were meant to be, no doubt about it. I shared their loss of so many years wishing, hoping and wanting and that hotel room scene…shattered me. But with one true friend in their corner, Neil’s perceptor, there was no way they were going to play footy under the table forever.
No, this book may not be for everyone, but it was a good read for me and I applaud the author in entering this foray into romance and writing.